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Liberty Finn’s luscious paintings depict the verdant landscapes of the Dandenong Ranges and surrounds. Her vibrant colour and expressive marks describe the vitality of brushy undergrowth and the height of trees that glow in afternoon light. She is particularly interested in conveying the energy of the bush whilst retaining a sense of stillness. Liberty sees the mess of Australian bush and forest as metaphor. Like the landscape, life is often chaotic and difficult to navigate. And yet, if one can distil a sense of peace amid the mess, calm can quietly nudge its way in. Her paintings and drawings seek to explore this paradox.
Liberty grew up in a household that favoured academics over creative expression and so she was encouraged to study to become an art teacher, rather than a fine artist. Whilst raising a family, Liberty spent many years teaching art in secondary schools and battling various challenges. Liberty was diagnosed with autism and ADHD in 2020 at the age of 47, and this helped her make a decision to step away from the stress of teaching and pursue art full time. She has participated in Dandenong Ranges Open Studios for the last three years and is blessed have a studio at Burrinja Cultural Centre in Upwey. This is Liberty’s second solo show and she is pleased to be able to share this current body of work at Up Gallery.
Up Gallery acknowledges the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which we gather to share art and creative community,. We acknowledge Aboriginal connection to creative practice on these lands for more than 65,000 years and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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